Ritu Lapsiwala, M.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center and a member of the Division of Hematology and Oncology. Dr. Lapsilwala's clinical interests include patients with blood disorders and a wide range of cancers at Veteran Affairs North Texas Healthcare System. 

Originally from Mumbai, Dr. Lapsiwala received her medical degree from the University of Mumbai Padmashree Dr. D. Y. Patil Medical College in Mumbai and completed internal medicine residency training at Pinnacle Health Hospitals Harrisburg in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. She then completed advanced training through fellowships in hematology and oncology at Pennsylvania State University in Hershey, Pennsylvania, and integrative medicine at the University of Arizona Tuscon. She also finished acupuncture training for physicians from the Academy of Pain Research in San Francisco.

Certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in hematology and medical oncology, She joined the UT Southwestern Faculty in 2014. She is currently a Staff Physician at the Veterans Affairs North Texas Health Care System in Dallas.

Dr. Lapisiwala's research interests include a variety of malignancies in adult patients. She is Principal Investigator and Co-Investigator in several research studies. Her investigations have resulted in four publications in peer-reviewed journals.

Dr. Lapsiwala is active in several professional societies, including the American Medical Association, the American Society of Clinical Oncology, and the Association of VA Hematology Oncology.

Personal Note

Dr. Lapsiwala’s interests outside of medicine include spending time with her family, cooking, reading, and traveling.

Research Interest

  • Breast Cancer
  • Integrative Oncology
  • Palliative Care
  • Survivorship Clinic


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Cancer stem cells, endothelial progenitors, and mesenchymal stem cells: "seed and soil" theory revisited.
Lin EH, Jiang Y, Deng Y, Lapsiwala R, Lin T, Blau CA Gastrointest Cancer Res 2008 Jul 2 4 169-74

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • Association of VA Hematology/Oncology (AVAHO) (2017)